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We are taking the 2.6 Challenge to support
Shooting Star Children's Hospices!!
The Coronavirus pandemic has seriously compromised Shooting Star Children's Hospices' fundraising avenues, and we want to do our bit to support them at this very difficult time. Shooting Star Hampton was one of the first venues we visited back in 2009, and we have had a wonderful relationship with their amazing team of carers and incredible families ever since.
We have challenged our versatile cast alumni (including our puppets!) to record their own take of 26 songs for all to enjoy. All the songs will feature here over the forthcoming month, and we hope that you enjoy them, share them far and wide and donate to our 2.6 Challenge Fundraiser too!
Song #1 - Starlight Star Bright
By Harry, Maurice & Benson
(with more than a little help from Laura Kaye Thomson)
Our puppets reprise our 3-part harmony version of 'Starlight Starbright, arranged by Sue Appleby and featured in our 2019 tour of Harry's Christmas Spirit.
Song #2 - This is Me
Bethaney has been part of the C4K actors team for several shows, including our 2019 tour of Harry's Christmas Spirit and our hospital shows throughout 2018.
Song #3 - Doh-Re-Mi
C4K co-director Claire Sundin shows us how it's done with a totally interactive version of 'Do-Re-Mi' with her wonderful son Charlie! This song featured in our Hospital Shows back in 2018 and went down a treat, as you can see from this re-enactment.
Song #4 - Edelweiss
C4K Finance Director Katie Hecht teams up with her daughter Ginny to give us a beautiful rendition of the classic song Edelweiss. Have the tissues handy - this one's a tear jerker!
Song #5 - You Are My Sunshine
Grace Liston was part of our wonderful team of actors who toured to children's hospital wards in 2018 with our specially designed interactive show. Here she is showing her musical multi-talents with a lovely cover of 'You Are my Sunshine'.
Song #6 - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
This is a C4K favourite, brilliantly captured by Laura and one of our Bensons! This song featured in our 2017 tour of Benson's Christmas Letter and in our Hospital Shows of 2018 - complete with amazing newspaper trees, which grew in front of our audience's eyes! Proper theatre magic!
Song #7 - Hushabye Mountain
Our wonderful set designer and props maker, Simon, has shared his other talents with us in this beautiful rendition of 'Hushabye Mountain'. Simon is in the current West End cast of 'Mamma Mia', and from this video, you can see why!
Song #8 - Naughty
Rebecca completed her first tour with C4K in 2019, and it was a delight to welcome her to the team. Here, along with her brother Sam, she gives us the fantastic song 'Naughty' from the RSC and West End show 'Matilda'.
Song #9 - Here Comes the Sun
Founder of Christmas for Kids, Sue Appleby, has been in no fewer than seven years of children's hospices tours and also our hospital shows in 2018. the company was founded to bring joy, music, fun and silliness to those who need it, and her version of The Beatles' hit is very much in that spirit!
Song #10 - When Will My Life Begin?
Lisa has been part of the C4K team for many years, working on several shows with us, as Benson (lovingly known as The Best One!) Here she brings us some C4K prop-heavy fun to this well loved song.
Song #11 - Row Row Row
Tara Rankine, Lucy Hutchison, Matthew Davidson
Tara, Lucy and Matthew worked together on our 2018 children's hospice tour of Harry's Christmas Adventure and here they recreate one of the songs from the show, accompanied by the wonderful Ryan, for you to enjoy (and maybe to join in with!)
Song #12 - Sing, Sing a Song
Our director, Claire Sundin, can't get enough of this challenge! Here she is with a real classic, and showing us why she is a TMA award nominee! Go Claire!!!
Song #13 - You are my Sunshine 2.0!
C4K regular, Sophie Delin, has toured with us in the magical role of Elf for our 2018 and 2019 children's hospice tours. Here, along with the lovely Ryan Heenan, she creates a very special version of 'You are my Sunshine'. Can you spot what it's mashed up with?
Song #14 - How Far I'll Go
The brilliant Lucy Hutchison teams up with her brother Max Hutchison to bring us this fantastic version of 'How Far I'll Go'. Lucy toured with C4K in our 2018 children's hospice show Harry's Christmas Adventure.
Song #15 - The Rainbow Connection
The lovely Brendan joined the C4K team in 2019 for the tour of Harry's Christmas Spirit to all the children's hospices in England, Scotland and Wales. This song is a real favourite for many, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Song #16 - My Favourite Things
Caitlin worked for Christmas for Kids back in 2016, in our tour of Benson's Christmas Letter, and has never left! She is now Development Co-Ordinator, working alongside Sue Appleby to raise our much-needed funds each year so that we can tour our shows to children's hospices for free. And here she is, showing off her rather wonderful performing side.
Song #17 - We're All Made of Stars
Adam joined our Hospital show team in 2018 and then toured with our 2019 show, Harry's Christmas Spirit, to every children's hospice in England, Scotland and Wales. Here is his fantastic version of 'We're all Made of Stars', and look out for his original song, coming up as the finale of this 2.6 Challenge!
Song #18 - I Can Sing A Rainbow
Harry (and Laura Kaye Thomson)
Here's our favourite furry monster, Harry! Here to share another song with you - try to find objects that match the colours of the rainbow to play along with the song. Or you could draw your own rainbow for the NHS!
Song #19 - Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
C4K founder and co-director Sue Appleby is back for another go at this challenge! And this time, she's posing a challenge to you too - how fast can you go?! Here's an interactive chance to sing this well-known favourite song.
Song #20 - The Wheels on the Bus
Maurice the Monkey
Maurice the Monkey joined the C4K team back in 2017 with his debut in Benson's Christmas Letter. He has appeared in every C4K show since and is a big hit with our audiences, due to his soft fur, his bright colours and his love of singing! here he is with a nursery rhyme favourite for you all to enjoy.
Song #21 - You Got a Friend in Me
Tara was part of our both our 2017 and 2018 touring teams, and was part of our expansion from two teams of actors to three! Last year, she headed back in her native Australia, and has sent this video all the way from the Southern Hemisphere! We hope you enjoy it as much has we do.
Song #22 - Itsy Bitsy Spider
With three teams of C4K actors touring at once, we needed three versions of our loveable puppet Benson! Here is Benson #3, with a joyous version of 'Itsy Bitsy Spider', straight out of our 2018 show, Harry's Christmas Adventure.
Song #23 - Colours of the Wind
Laura Kaye Thomson
The amazing talent that is Laura has been working on our shows as Elf and Team Leader for two years. Here she is, showing off her amazing singing pipes, with a favourite from Pocahontas.
Song #24 - Tonight You Belong to Me
Tom first worked with C4K back in 2012, when he toured with our show "It's All A Load of Christmas Rubbish". He loved it so much that he came back to join us in 2017, touring as the multi-rolling Actor 2 in "Benson's Christmas Letter".
Song #25 - Old Mak-Donald!
Here's a fun one, the classic nursery rhyme "Old MacDonald" but signed with Makaton! Here, Matthew teaches us all the signs we'll need to sing and sign this song.
Matthew has worked with C4K for several years, touring in every show we have done since 2017! We liked his energy and love of Instagram so much that we made him our Social Media Co-Ordinator in 2019, and we are thrilled to have him as part of Team C4K!